BlackBerry and NantHealth To Launch HealthCare Platform in India

NantHealth Clinical Operating System (cOS)
NantHealth Clinical Operating System (cOS)


The Economic Times is reporting that BlackBerry and NantHealth will soon announce the launch of a connected medical services platform in India.  According to Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, Black-Berry India, “work has started on it but we haven’t finalized an official launch date.  “We are running trials with multiple hospitals in India. It includes integration with different hospital information systems as well as various medical equipment.”

According to NantHealth,

“The cOS clinical operating system is designed to bring together the clinical, financial, operational and environmental data to identify and solve complex healthcare problems such as quality, cost, and outcomes at a health system level, hospital level, service line level, physician level and the patient level.  The architecture is designed using the principles of big data, enterprise data warehouse, and big memory that allow for decision support and proactive decision support as opposed to retrospective business intelligence supported by data warehouses. Proactive decision support allows health system executives to predict and solve problems before they occur. Finally the cOS platform allows innovation to thrive because it is a completely open system with documented web services that can be leveraged by the health system as well as third party software development companies to build new and innovative applications. The innovative data model brings together current practices of medicine and bridges it with the future practice of personalized and genomic medicine.”

NantHealth also launched in London, UK, on June 4, 2012 and displayed their full line of transformational healthcare solutions at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference and Exhibition, from June 4-7 at the ACC Liverpool.

On April 15, 2014, BlackBerry officially announced an investment in NantHealth, and clearly articulated the synergies with QNX,

“This investment and planned collaboration aligns with the reliability, security and versatility of BlackBerry’s end-to-end solutions – from the embedded QNX® operating system powering complex medical devices, to secure cloud-based networks, to instantaneous information sharing over BBM Protected,” said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair, John Chen. “NantHealth is a proven innovator in developing leading platforms that allow medical professionals to share information and deliver care efficiently.  BlackBerry’s capabilities align closely with NantHealth’s and this investment represents the type of forward-looking opportunities that are vital to our future.”

This partnership also highlights significant opportunities given that

  • QNX is established as a real-time embedded operating system for mission-critical medical diagnostic and monitoring devices in hospitals and homecare environments;
  • BBM Protected is an upcoming, secure communication platform that could connect healthcare providers, field service workers, emergency personnel, patients and family members;
  • NantHealth’s Clinical Operating System (cOS™) platform is the first operating system of its kind in healthcare. The platform integrates the knowledge base with the delivery system and the payment system, enabling 21st century coordinated care at a lower cost;
  • NantHealth and BlackBerry can combine secure cloud-based and supercomputing services to provide data integration, decision support and analytics; and
  • BlackBerry’s devices are the global standard for secure communication and collaboration.

We are seeing BlackBerry’s core competencies at work, and a very nice tie in with their four pillar strategy: Devices, QNX, BBM and BES.  While we love our BB10 devices and eagerly anticipate the Passport, the Classic, the LTE Z3 and any future handsets, handsets are one – albeit critical – component of an end-to-end solution.

Given that Healthcare providers in India are expected to spend $1.08 billion (about Rs 6,400 crore) on IT products and services in 2014, and that according to Gartner,

“In India, cloud services revenue is projected to have a five-year projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.2 percent from 2012 through 2017 across all segments of the cloud computing market. Segments such as software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) have even higher projected CAGR growth rates of 34.4 percent and 39.8 percent,” said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner. “Cloud computing continues to grow at rates much higher than IT spending generally. Growth in cloud services is being driven by new IT computing scenarios being deployed using cloud models, as well as the migration of traditional IT services to cloud service alternatives.”

there is revenue potential well beyond the sale of just handsets.

Given the confidential nature of medical information, BlackBerry is best suited to provide a secure end-to-end solution from the cloud down to a handset.  This model extends well to other verticals such as automotive, financial etc. , where real time information needs to be delivered securely.


Economic Times